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October 13 2017 at 1:25 AM

Dave Sherrill  (Login davesherrill)
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Response to Do you have to thin paints?

You might be "getting away" without thinning Tamiya paints, but they will airbrush so much better if you thin them. Plus you'll make your paint last longer. You should read Gregg Cooper's third article on Hyperscale about painting the Tamiya J1N1 Gekko if you want to learn more about the properties of thinned Tamiya acrylics. There's a lot of nuance to be gained in the look and finish of your model if you thin Tamiya acrylics properly. My feeling is, if you just shoot straight color through your airbrush, you're just going to get straight color.

There are three parts to the Cooper Gekko build article and I think they have been the most helpful tutorials for me as a modeler of WWII aircraft. Don't shy away from thinning paints. Practice on a scrap model until you find the right ratios that suit what you want your model to look like.

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